10 Missing, 5 Injured After USS John S. McCain Collides With Oil Tanker Near Straits Of Malacca

Update: according to the latest US Navy 7th Fleet update, ten sailors are missing and five have been injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander says in emailed statement Monday.

The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.


The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.

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Two months after seven US sailors died after the US Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan, moments ago the US Navy said that in an near replica of that incident, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was involved in a collision with another merchant vessel, the Alnic MC, an oil/chemical tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on August 21.

The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. Initial reports indicate the warship sustained damage to its port side aft. No immediate word on any casualties. Search and rescue efforts are under way in coordination with local authorities, the Navy said.

Here is the latest update from the US 7th Fleet:

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.


The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.


Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant (97), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance.


MV-22s and SH-60s from USS America are also responding.


Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.

CNN reports that according to preliminary information there have been minor injuries from the collision, although a full accounting of the crew is still underway.

The Straits of Malacca, located between Malaysia and Singapore, is one of the world's most important naval chokepoints; it sees the transit of over 15 million barrels of oil per day, mostly headed toward China and Japan. As we reported back in 2014, "if one were so inclined, halting seaborne trade routes at the Strait of Malacca would hobble the entire Chinese economy overnight, something the Chinese leadership is surely aware of, and is certainly considering alternatives to, such as land pipelines into Iran (via India), as well as Kazakhstan and Russia."

The warship is named after John S. McCain, Sr., and John S. McCain, Jr., both Admirals in the U.S. Navy, and the grandfather and father, respectively, of the neocon Arizona senator. This crash comes days after the top three leaders aboard the USS Fitzgerald were relieved of command. That warship was damaged badly in a collision off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors in June.

According to MarineTraffic data, the merchant ship Alnic MC with which the guided US missile destroyer collided, is an oil/chemical tanker...

... which was built in 2008, and has a dead weight of 50,760 tons.


shimmy Aug 21, 2017 7:00 AM Permalink

Too bad johnny douchebag wasn't actually on that ship and he went missing.Pretty funny how these U.S ships can't even navigate in open water now, just adding to what a joke that country has become. I am sure president pumpkin will somehow be blamed for this by cnn. 

HenryHall Aug 21, 2017 4:42 AM Permalink

Twice now in recent months.The US Navy needs to withdraw from Asia for a crash retraining in seamanship before more large commercial vessels are collided. Hazard to navigation.

natashav Aug 21, 2017 3:58 AM Permalink

Once these fucking billionaires sell out to China completely after gutting the USA,Do these asswipes believe for a second that China is going to let them walk free and operate as they wish?These people are so inbred they're signing their own death warrant.Fucking morons. 

Fake Trump Aug 21, 2017 4:06 AM Permalink

Trump's tweet saying "that is too bad" is showing his total disrespect to those who died and an element of non interest.It is just like saying "who cares..too bad". What a fucking president. He should have at least said "Horrible. I am saddened by the incident resulting in the death of our brave men......". I don't blame 70% of the American people are against you and fucking you daily. Just too bad you became the president. Mr.Trump think before you speak. No wonder, even Bannon is now saying your presidency is over. I would add over for good.

natashav Aug 21, 2017 3:53 AM Permalink

Is this some kind of CIA Drug Running Gone Wrong?This kind of shit doesn't happen.What? Was everybody taking a nap or at the spa?Or was the ship running drugs for the CIA and got hit by a rival cartel/country? 

CRM114 Aug 21, 2017 3:18 AM Permalink

Apparently, the Officer of the Watch was from California, and he couldn't remember the correct pronoun for the transgender helms-thingy to tell...it..to change course.The modern Navy; 17 Diversity courses, 384 box ticking courses on how to tick boxes, 1 navigation course (cancelled due to budget cuts).

Sandmann Aug 21, 2017 3:12 AM Permalink

This Arleigh-Burke Class ship is something of a disaster........USS Stethem runs aground; USS Fitzgerald hits a container ship; USS John McCain hits an oil tanker. There are 8 A-B ships in Yokosuka and 3 were commanded by Kamikaze CaptainsThe USS Donald Cook has its own claim to fame.Funny the tanker was coming from S Korea and the McCain was coming from japan

VIP-LA Aug 21, 2017 2:43 AM Permalink

This is an Act of War by China. The US Navy should not have been in the area in the first place, but if you are going to be in the area — can you at least be ready to defend the ship and American lives??

Sandmann Aug 21, 2017 1:55 AM Permalink

BBC Radio 4 Report today:  "USS Warship".......stated 3 times without mentioning USS John McCain.Managed eventually to say "USS Warship USS Fitzgerald"Bizarre !

IProtectYou Aug 21, 2017 1:43 AM Permalink

Every 15 ft yacht has collision preventing navigation equipment installed nowadays.Tankers dont change course. Their radar must have been warning them miles ahead that they are on a collision course with the tanker...

hibou-Owl Aug 21, 2017 1:35 AM Permalink

North Korea Jimmy got it all wrong, give up missles and buy oil tankers.

Way cheaper, more effective, and doesn't draw but attention.

And can blame it on incompetent boat drivers

AurorusBorealus Aug 21, 2017 12:22 AM Permalink

Stuxnet?  Is there malware in the guidance systems of the USN?  What if it is in the firmware?  I don't suppose that any of the hardware and firmware was produced or developed in China... .

bshirley1968 Aug 21, 2017 12:21 AM Permalink

This is not possible under normal circumstances.   No way this collision happens unless auto safety protocols were manually overridden.  The merchant ship could not hit that destroyer if it wanted to....unless there was intent on the destroyer.I don't see how one guy could get it done with all the redundancy in place.  There will be a detailed record on board of exactly who did what when......the why might be tricky.We will never be told the truth about what is going on with these collisions.